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Line breaks: en|croach|ment
Pronunciation: /ɛŋˈkrəʊtʃm(ə)nt

Definition of encroachment in English:


[mass noun]
1Intrusion on a person’s territory, rights, etc. minor encroachments on our individual liberties
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  • His 30-yard free kick flew over the bar but the referee ordered the kick to be retaken for encroachment and moved the ball 10 yards forward.
intrusion into, trespass on, invasion of, infiltration of, incursion into, obtrusion into, overrunning of, usurping of, appropriation of;
infringement of, impingement on, impinging on
1.1A gradual advance beyond usual or acceptable limits: urban encroachment of habitat
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  • The results were derived from a 3.5 year observational study of median encroachments.
  • The pattern of tree encroachment was very different from the gradual encroachment identified in Transect B.
  • The paddy fields in Kerala have to be protected from human encroachment.

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